A medium-sized hound, with adult male dogs standing at 52-59cms and females 48-56cms, the Segugio Italiano comes in two coat types – rough or smooth – and a range of colours (black/tan and any shade from red to wheaten). He is square-shaped and light in structure – an athletic, rather than heavy, hound. The approximate weight range of the adult Segugio is 20-23kg.
An ancient breed, possibly descending from the hounds of ancient Egypt, the Segugio Italiano dog breed has been used for flushing boar in his native country for centuries, and features in many Italian art works from the Renaissance. It's thought that the Mastiff was added to the mix of scent and sight hound breeding that contributed to his development, giving the dog boldness as well as the ability to hunt by eye and nose. Today, the Segugio Italiano is primarily a hunting dog, flushing hare.
The Segugio Italiano has keen hunting instincts and loves to follow his nose. Usually quiet and reserved, he becomes highly excited and vocal when following a scent. A gentle, good-tempered and loving dog, this high-energy dog needs a very active home.
The Segugio Italiano dog is a robust breed with no widely recognised specific health concerns.
This hound needs two hours and more of exercise each day. He has a great deal of energy and stamina and can follow his nose for hours! Do ensure you counteract any 'hound deafness' with a solid recall, and give him scenting games to allow him to use his nose.
Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. The Segugio is prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.
There are two coat varieties. The coarse-haired Segugio Italiano dog breed has a harsh, wiry coat that is thick and no longer than 5cm in length. There is also a smooth-haired variety, with a thick, short coat that is shiny. Both coats are low-maintenance, requiring no more than a weekly groom.